Introducing the second annual Fentress Film Fest!

We are Fentress Films (a small female founded and Black founded film company), and we are SO excited to be hosting our very own film festival for the second year in a row!! We are looking forward to recognizing hard working filmmakers from all over the world who are creating art to change the world! Last year, we received submissions from over 15 different countries, which allowed us to connect to artists and celebrate art from all across the globe! Not only are we looking for awesome films with superb visual design and editing, but we are also looking for hardworking and passionate filmmakers and films that tell captivating stories! The festival will be from January 3rd-8th, 2022 and will be 100% virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means we are accepting submissions from all over the world!! Yay!! Since the festival will be 100% virtual, we will have online events happening all week long, so that the selected filmmakers can get to know each other, and so that the online community can engage with each filmmaker's work before the actual awards ceremony!

We have 9 total award categories:
1) Best Overall Short
-One film will win the award for best overall short!
-1 submission category; 1 award opportunity
-Decided by a jury

2) Best Animated Film
-One film will win the award for best animated film!
-We want to recognize the hard-working animators out there! Animation is no easy task, so this is the time for animated films to shine!
-1 submission category; 1 award opportunity
-Decided by a jury

3) Most Innovative Film
-One film will win the award for most innovative film!
-We want to recognize films that are either visually inspiring or inspire us with their story! So if you have made a visually unique film or a film with a powerful message, this is your time to shine!
-1 submission category; 1 award opportunity
-Decided by a jury

4) Best Director
-One film will win the award for best overall director!
-1 submission category; 1 award opportunity
-Decided by a jury

5) Best Actor/Actress (1 of 2 awards)
-There will be two award opportunities for best actor/actress, so that people of all genders have equal opportunity to win an award in this category!
-1 submission category; 2 award opportunities
-Decided by a jury

6) Best Actor/Actress (2 of 2 awards)
-There will be two award opportunities for best actor/actress, so that people of all genders have equal opportunity to win an award in this category!
-1 submission category; 2 award opportunities
-Decided by a jury

7) First Time Filmmaker
-One film will win the award for best first time filmmaker!
-We have all been first time filmmakers before, so we want to applaud you for your incredible hard work and for taking the giant leap into the film world! Don't give up, this is just the beginning!
-1 submission category; 1 award opportunity
-Decided by a jury

8) Female Filmmaker
-One film will win the award for best female filmmaker!
-Women are the future of film! We want to shoutout all the women creating amazing art out there! You rock!
-1 submission category; 1 award opportunity
-Decided by a jury

9) Fentress Fan Favorite
-One film will win the “Fentress Fan Favorite” award!
-You don't need to apply to this category on FilmFreeway, as we will run this portion of the contest during the actual festival! (0 submission categories; 1 award opportunity)
-The public will vote and the film with the most votes will win the award! This gives filmmakers the opportunity to share their film with their friends, family, and the online community! It's great exposure!
-Decided by the public via online video platform voting system

Here is the schedule of events happening during the virtual festival:

MONDAY (01/03):
-Start of the festival!!!!
-Opening ceremony video: We will introduce the festival organizers, introduce the panel of judges, introduce each selected film, and explain what will happen in the coming days.
-Start of the Fentress Fan Favorite award voting via our online voting platform (more details to come)
-Screening of the first group of selected films on our virtual platform

TUESDAY (01/04):
-Filmmakers opening ceremony video: Each filmmaker will get to introduce themself/their team, their film, and their film's mission.
-Fentress Fan Favorite award voting is still going via our online voting platform
-Screening of the next group of selected films on our virtual platform

WEDNESDAY (01/05):
-Meet and greet for all selected filmmakers (Zoom happy hour hangout)
-Fentress Fan Favorite award voting is still going via our online voting platform
-Screening of the next group of selected films on our virtual platform

THURSDAY (01/06):
-Fentress Fan Favorite award voting is still going via our online voting platform
-Screening of the final group of selected films on our virtual platform

FRIDAY (01/07):
-Award nominations are announced
-Last day of voting for the Fentress Fan Favorite award via our online voting platform

SATURDAY (01/08):
-All awards are announced!!!
-Closing ceremony video: We will recognize each selected filmmaker again and give a sneak peek into Fentress Film Fest 2023!

For each award category, the winner will receive:
-Engraved award trophy
-Official winner certificate
-Free Fentress Film Fest t-shirt and stickers
-We will feature your film on our website and social media
(we will mail each award winner their prizes after the festival concludes)

General rules for applying:
-Films can only be submitted via FilmFreeway
-All films must be 40 minutes or less (including credits)
-Films must have been created 2018 or later, but no earlier than 2018
-In order for us to consider your film for an award, you must include a poster, trailer, and access to watch your film via a digital file ONLY on your FilmFreeway project submission (we will not accept DVD submissions)
-We will not waive any submission fees, as we do not want to favor or give special treatment to any films over others
-All films must be in English OR have English subtitles if the film is not originally in English
-Only women can apply to the female filmmaker category
-Only filmmakers who have never made a film before now can apply to the first-time filmmaker category
-To be considered for the animation category, at least 50% of the submitted film must be animated
-There are no restrictions regarding prior premiere(s) or distribution of films being submitted to our festival
-There are no restrictions regarding submitting your film to other festivals (we hope you submit your amazing work to more than just our festival)
-If you submitted to Fentress Film Fest in 2021, you can submit the same film this year, but that does not mean your film will automatically be selected
-You can submit to as many award categories as you want (as long as you actually qualify for each category), but you are required to pay the submission fee for each category you apply to
-Fentress Film Fest reserves the right to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund
-Films that are selected to screen at our virtual festival won't necessarily be chosen to be nominated for an award, as nominations for awards will take place during the virtual festival
-Films must be the original work of the submitting applicant ONLY. By entering this competition, you attest that you have all the necessary rights to your film and/or that the content of the film is entirely your own original work
-Fentress Film Fest is not liable for any copyright, trademark, credit infractions/fees from filmmakers that submit to our festival
-Once you submit to our festival and pay the entry fee, we cannot provide a refund
-Fentress Film Fest volunteers/jurors/organizers are not liable for any comments or opinions regarding submitted and selected films
-If you submit your film and are selected to screen at our virtual festival, you agree to let us promote your film on our online platforms and social media and will grant us access to/send us your film poster, official trailer, and your full film to be screened

Overall Rating
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  • Ellinor Olinder

    Wonderful festival! Clear communication, well administered, fun networking opportunities and a festival really advocating and showcasing the participating films!

    February 2021
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    Response from festival:

    We are so glad you enjoyed the fest, Ellinor! It was a pleasure getting to showcase your film, To You!

  • Trevor Kasal

    Such a great festival. Can't wait until next year!!

    January 2021
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    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, Trevor! We are so glad you and your student filmmakers enjoyed the festival! We are excited to see what y'all submit next year! Woohoo!

  • It was an absolute pleasure to be a part of the Fentress Film Fest. The organizers curated a great line up, and they ran a smooth and meaningful festival in the midst of a very difficult year. Would highly recommend!

    January 2021
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    Response from festival:

    We are so glad you enjoyed the festival, Mike! We loved getting to showcase We Used to Bury Them! We hope you and your team submit next year too!

  • Vrinda Samartha

    2020 being the year of going virtual, the Fentress Film Festival was very thoughtfully organised. The festival came as close to a physical one as possible. All the films very personally introduced by Samanta ( Festival Co - director). Networking meetings were organised keeping all the different time zones of the participating filmmakers in mind. It was a pleasure being a part of the Fentress Film Festival !

    January 2021
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    Response from festival:

    We are so glad you enjoyed all the festivities, Vrinda! It was such a pleasure meeting you at our networking events and we loved showcasing your film, Ritu Goes Online! Thank you for all you do, and we hope to see you again at FFF 2022!

  • Connie Jo Sechrist

    Well-organized festival!!! Nice to see fresh content from filmmakers. Thank you for having us.

    January 2021
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    Response from festival:

    We are glad you enjoyed the festival and getting to see the amazing work from all the filmmakers! We loved watching and showcasing Fire Escape, and it was a blast getting to meet Irene at the filmmaker hangout. We hope y'all submit again next year!